By Hector Duran
Big day in Chicago as the Bears start the regular season off against the Packers and the Cubs kick off a huge 4 game weekend series against the Brewers. Not sure about you guys, but I have some high hopes for the Bears this season so hopefully they can follow through. Anyway, the Cubs will start a big series tonight and it’ll be Jose Quintana vs Chase Anderson.
Line: Cubs (-115); Brewers (+105)
Spread: Cubs -1.5 (+140); Brewers +1.5 (-150)
O/U: 9; Over (-110); Under (EVEN)
First Pitch: 6:10pm; Miller Park; Milwaukee, WI
The Cubs come into play 2.5 games behind in the division thanks to a Cardinals loss to the Giants yesterday. The Cubs are also 3 games up on the Phillies and Diamondbacks for the 2nd wild card spot and they trail the Nationals by 3 games for the top wild card spot. Jose Quintana will take the ball tonight and he is 12-8 with a 3.90 ERA. He has had good success against the Brewers since coming to the Cubs and only Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas are hitting above .285 against Quintana. He just faced the Brewers last Friday and earned a W going 5.2 innings of scoreless ball giving up 4 hits and walking 2 while striking out 3. He has always given the Brewers trouble when he pitches, and I would expect the same to happen tonight. If the offense can give him at least 2 runs of support (the earlier the better), then I think he should be able to go at least 7 innings tonight.
The Brewers are starting to get into trouble and the season is winding down. They are 6.5 games back in the division and 4.5 back in the wild card race and they still must jump 3 teams. Chase Anderson will get the ball tonight and he is 6-4 with a 4.58 ERA. His last start came against the Cubs last Friday and he went 4 innings while allowing 7 hits and 5 earned runs and took the loss. The Brewers hitters don’t have too much success against Quintana and their bullpen has been shaky as of late. I know Eric Thames won’t draw a start, but it’ll be interesting if Christian Yelich will.
Analysis and Prediction
This is a rematch of last Friday’s matchup and all signs are pointing to the same result; a Cubs win. Saturday and Sunday will also feature the same exact pitching matchups from last weekend. I think the Cubs hitters will take advantage of seeing Anderson for the 2nd time in less than a week so with that being said, I will be raking the Cubs -115 tonight. Part of me also wants to parlay the under since its even money but -115 isn’t too terrible of a value. Brewers as home dogs did look interesting as well, but I think this game will shape up how last Friday went.